Sunday, August 30th, 2009
LOVE the new Pimms advert
Sunday, August 30th, 2009
Film & Festivals previewed the MI21 tour in their July 2009 issue. Read the full article here.
Sunday, August 30th, 2009
Check this out from the BBC. You’ll hear Indy talking to Ruchi Tandon from the BBC about MI21.desi_20090818.mp3
Saturday, August 29th, 2009
Such sad news to hear DJ AM died from a suspected overdose. Adam Goldstein (AM) was found dead today (29.8.09) in his NYC apartment. Having survived a near fatal plane crash last year he overcame much in a short time.
Thursday, August 20th, 2009
Indy went to Street Science in Holland recently. See the pics below.
Thursday, August 20th, 2009
Our MI21 project which is currently on tour around the UK got a great review from Alex von Tunzelmann in The Guardian Film Blog. and was the editors pick on Tuesday 18th August.
Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
Indy Hunjan selected as member of Womanhood Learning Project (WLP).
Year of the Hip-Hop Women Officially Began March 2008!
New York, NY – The Hip-Hop Association [H2A], in conjunction with Social Services of Hip-Hop, We B*Girlz, Where My Ladies at? Interactive Film, and We Got Issues! embark on a mission to restore and revive the Hip-Hop Woman through the Womanhood Learning Project (WLP). The WLP explores women’s roles and leadership positions in different sectors within Hip-Hop culture and the community, while examining the negative media factors and power struggle that hinder the growth and awareness of these women, as well as how these factors impact the youth, especially young girls. The WLP is intended to bring unity among women in Hip-Hop by creating a space to learn, build, and bring about concrete change through a yearlong campaign that will include a case study, workshops, lecture series, a resource book, and an online community.
Powerful, intelligent, self -respecting women in Hip-Hop do exist. They’re on the microphone, off-camera, and behind the scenes holding weighty positions at the top of the industry’s professional food chain. Yet many remain silently tucked away as anonymous, shining stars, because of the lack of media exposure, male-centric programming, and adverse images that show a one-sided perspective of women in Hip-Hop. These women need a worldwide blow horn that will acknowledge, motivate and remind the globe that there are some who have maneuvered within the sexist system that exist and became successful. Through the Womanhood Learning Project, the H2A and its partners will explore ways in which it can study and promote these invisible women, and provide tools and resource to empower educators, social workers, parents, youth, and most of all, women.
The H2A has gathered a group of the most progressive and accomplished women in Hip-Hop to form the WLP Advisory Committee. The committee includes luminaries such as Dr. Roxanne Shante, Martha Cooper, DJ Beverly Bonds, Toofly, Raquel Cepeda, Suhier Ammad, Toni Blackman, Raqiyah Mays, Michaela Angela Davis, and Dr. Irma McClaurin. Together with the Social Services of Hip-Hop, We B*Girlz, Where My Ladies at? Interactive Film, and We Got Issues! they are committed to being part of the WLP and celebrating the Year of the Hip-Hop Woman.
The Womanhood Learning Project also includes the forthcoming and much anticipated resource book entitled, Fresh, Bold, and So Def: Women In Hip-Hop Changing The Game, edited by Martha Diaz and Felicia Pride. Groundbreaking and informative, Fresh, Bold, and So Def is best described as an encyclopedia of pioneering and trendsetting women that have persevered and broken down barriers to make a difference in not only Hip-Hop culture but society as a whole. It will profile over 300 international artists, industry professionals, and social activists and set to be the premiere inspirational source for educating on the legacy of the history of women in Hip-Hop.
The Year of the Hip-Hop Woman is about change, paying homage to the contributions of women, and creating a balance among men and women. This is not a campaign about blame, shame or game; Women in Hip-Hop want to be respected, depicted correctly, and appreciated for the roles they play in society.
Womanhood Learning Project H2A Team
Martha Diaz, President of the Hip-Hop Association
Mona Ibrahim, Director of Community Building and Program Development
Nakia Alston, H2A Communications and Development Coordinator
Beth Sachnoff, Head Researcher, H2Ed Communications and Development Coordinator
Kompalya Thunderbird, Director of Media Acquisition and Communications
Deanne Ziadie-Nemitz – Media Preservation Coordinator
Amanda Cumbow, Researcher
Ebonie Smith, Researcher
Womanhood Learning Project Partners
Jineea Butler-Graham – Hip-Hop Analyst, Social Services of Hip-Hop
J-Love – Activist, Author – White Girl, We Got Issues
Leba Haber – Director of the interactive film, Where My Ladies At?
Nika Kramer – Writer, Translator, Activist – We B*Girlz (Germany)
Womanhood Learning Project Advisory Committee
Toni Blackman – Freestyle Union and US State Dept. Ambassador
Beverly Bond – DJ, Activist – Black Girls Rock Foundation
Maria “Toofly” Castillo – Graffiti Artist, Activist – The Younity
Raquel Cepeda – Filmmaker, Author, Journalist
Rosa Clemente – Activist, Cultural Critic, Know Thyself
Martha Cooper – Pioneer Photographer, Author – We B*Girlz
Michaela Davis – Fashionista, Cultural Critic
Tamara Dawit – Activist – What’s the 411? (Canada)
Caridad “La Bruja” De La Luz – MC, Poet, Activist – Latinas 4 Life
Dowoti Desir – Director, Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial & Educational Center
Delphine Diallo – Photographer, Filmmaker, Visual Artist (France)
Johanna Guevara – 7one8Designs
Suheir Hammad – Poet, Author, Activist
Indy Hunjan – Kala Phool (England)
Raqiyah Mays – Managing Editor, The Ave and Radio Host for Hot 97
Dr. Irma McClaurin – Scholar, Poet, Writer, Author
Felicia Pride – Journalist, Author, The Message
Rokafella – B-Girl, Activist - Full Circle Productions
Dr. Tricia Rose – Pioneer Scholar, Author, Black Noise, Brown University
Marcella Runell Hall – Author, Activist, Educator, NYU
Dr. Theda Palmer Saxon – Life coach, Pres. of Seasoned Woman, Inc., Author, Pace U.
Raquel Sanchez – Alphabet City Design
Dr. Roxanne Shante – Pioneer MC and Psychologist
Akiba Solomon – Journalist, Author – Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips, and Other Parts
Monday, August 10th, 2009
KALA PHOOL is proud to announce the MI21 UK TOUR 2009.
MI21 (Mother India 21st Century Remix) is a live soundtrack performance.
The original film Mother India (1957) is a hugely important film in South Asian cinema, known for it’s iconic imagery and powerful storyline: the common shorthand is to reference it as India’s ‘Gone with the wind’
MI21 essentially remixes, re-edits and rescores the original 3 hour film into a 45 minute silent film over which lead artist DJ Tigerstyle has created a contemporary electronic and strings based score. DJ Tigerstyle who is one of the worlds top Turntablist’s is accompanied by – Matt Constantine who plays keyboards and his beautiful electric cello – David Shaw on drums – Josh Ford on visuals.
MI21 will be touring across the UK and at a venue near you.
Some of the venues will have additional special events alongside the performance including:
The performance is suitable for all ages, and don’t worry if you have not seen the film before…let the music tell you the story and take you on the most incredible journey. We look forward to welcoming you, your friends and family to one of the UKs most anticipated events of 2009.
MI21 kicked off in Edinburgh to a capacity audience of 1200, continued applause and ending with a standing ovation. Its the best start we could hope for and thank everyone who has supported us so far. We are now gearing up for our 2nd date of the TOUR @ Rich Mix in London on Saturday 8th August – it all kicks off from 9pm.
Thursday, August 6th, 2009
One more day to go people before the tour kicks off in Edinburgh. Weve got a full on day Saturday what with driving up to Edinburgh Mela from 4am (!!!!) in the morning. Who ever said touring was glamorous!?
Our schedule Saturday is as follows:
18:15 – 19:00 – MI21 MAIN PERFORMANCE in The Big Top
19:45 – 20:30 – MI21 POST SHOW CONVERSATION in the Forest Workshop Tent
For full details:
T: 0131 332 2888
Day passes are £2 each and can be bought in person at:
HUB TICKETS , THE HUB , CASTLEHILL , EDINBURGH , EH1 2NE
Or you can buy them online at www.edinburgh-mela.co.uk
Thanks to everyone who has been in touch with all their support – were really excited about being in Edinburgh.
We’ll report back as soon as we can after the show. In the meantime do follow our MI21 Facebook and KALA PHOOL Myspace and help spread the MI21 word
Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
So we’re almost at the starting point of the much eagerly awaited UK tour for MI21. All venue, dates, ticket prices can be found here so dont miss out. Come along, bring your mates, family and anyone else for an exceptional event.
We kick off in Edinburgh this coming Saturday……..it’s gonna rock
Saturday, August 1st, 2009
If you havent already got yourself a ticket to the UKs most anticipated event, then you’re risking missing out. MI21 has been a long time coming and with DJ Tigerstyle at the helm with Matt Constantine, David Shaw and Josh Ford you’re promised to be taken on an emotional journey through the eyes of Radha.
Mother India is one of India’s most revered films and marks a point in cinematic history. Yet issues from the film are relevant still today and not just in Indian communities, but for us all.
Following the UK Launch, the MI21 posse are travelling to Edinburgh for it be performed outdoors in front of 1000’s of people. So come and support, feedback and see and feel something different.
Got to the events page for links to ticket outlets. See you there!